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Julian Corner appointed as Chair of Toynbee Hall

Published: 11 Jun 2015


Julian Corner has been appointed as the new Chair of Toynbee Hall, the 130 year-old anti-poverty community organisation based in the East End of London.

Currently Chief Executive of LankellyChase Foundation where he has led a major shift in its focus towards systemic change for people facing severe and multiple disadvantage, Julian has significant experience in both the civil service and the voluntary sector spread across a number of years with previous roles including Chief Executive of criminal justice and mental health charity Revolving Doors Agency.

Toynbee Hall’s work gives some of the UK’s most deprived communities a voice, providing access to free advice and support and working together with the community to tackle social injustice. The organisation is about to start a two year regeneration of its estate and halls, providing the capacity to help more people and, for the first time ever, share its heritage of pioneering social reform.

Toynbee Hall Chief Executive, Graham Fisher, said: ‘I am delighted that Julian has been confirmed as our Chair. As Toynbee Hall enters a period of significant change and development, to have Julian providing leadership and support will be of great benefit to us and our service users.’

Julian Corner said: ‘It is a huge privilege and thoroughly exciting prospect to have been appointed as the Chair of an organisation that has not only been a pioneer of social reform of the UK but continues to provide vital support to people who live in London’s East End and beyond. Community anchor organisations such as Toynbee Hall, which act as a focal point for local people’s energies, priorities and relationships, have a crucial role to play in the future of publicly funded services. I look forward to helping ensure Toynbee Hall continues to be at the forefront of supporting people to fight the effects of poverty and disadvantage.’